Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Project Officer / Research Division

Project Officer / Research Division (100%)
DCAF (http://www.dcaf.ch/) an international foundation initiated by the Swiss Government, is one of the world’s leading institutions in the areas of security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). DCAF’s Research Division includes a core policy research function as well as DCAF’s Information Resources Unit and Southeast Asia Programme. Responding to numerous mandates from states and international organizations, the Division’s research function principally conducts applied research, provides policy advice, develops guidance tools and provides tailor-made capacity-building in selected countries.
The Research Division is seeking a fulltime Project Officer. The position commences on 1 March 2014 (or a mutually agreed date).
Main responsibilities:
• Develop, implement and manage policy research projects in the field of the Research Division’s Programme on “Democratic governance of the security sector.” While this programme comprises various activity areas such as parliamentary capacity building and intelligence accountability, the emphasis will be on projects related to ombuds-institutions for the security sector.
• Provide support services on behalf of DCAF to the International Conferences of Ombudsman-Institutions for Armed Forces (ICOAF).
Requirements:
• Outstanding analytical and methodological skills
• Minimum 3 years of research experience in the field of security sector governance and security sector reform
• Demonstrated ability to draft, review and edit texts suitable for publication and for different target audiences
• MA degree in international affairs, security studies, international law or a related area
• Mother tongue/fluency in English is essential. Other languages are highly desirable (in particular French)
• Other relevant skills, including strong organizational abilities and familiarity with relevant IT tools, ability to work under time pressure and with strict deadlines, ability to work independently and with others in an international environment
• Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit
The salary is in line with requirements for this position. DCAF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women.

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their curriculum vitae together with an application letter, a list of publications and the contact details of two referees by 19 January 2015 to Lynda Chenaf: l.chenaf@dcaf.chOnly short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Principal Evaluation Officer -AfDB

  • Position title: Principal Evaluation Officer
  • Grade: PL-4
  • Position N°: NA
  • Reference: NA
  • Publication date: 25/11/2014
  • Closing date: 12/12/2014

Objectives

The core mandate of the Bank’s Independent Development Evaluation is to conduct independent evaluation studies, provide relevant lessons, develop and harmonize standards and practices, support evaluation capacity development together with partner agencies and attest to the validity of both processes and the results of self-evaluation activities.

Duties and responsibilities

The incumbent reports to the Division Manager of the Country Strategy and Corporate Evaluations Division of the Bank's Independent Development Evaluation Function. S/he will work in a team or lead complex evaluation studies and conduct country and regional strategy and program evaluations, real-time evaluations and corporate evaluation of AfDB’s policies, strategies, and operational effectiveness. In particular:
1. Conduct evaluations of the Bank’s projects, programmes, sector assistance, country strategies, policies and cross-cutting themes that are impartial, independent, transparent, credible and meet professional evaluation standards as well as professional standards in the area of specialization (*)
  • Carry out evaluations of projects (or cluster of projects), programmes, policies and cross-cutting themes: define the objectives, scope, questions, method and analytical approach, lead the evaluation process, engage and manage key evaluation stakeholders including Bank management and staff, launch and undertake evaluation field missions, prepare and discuss with high level Government officials, make recommendations.
  • Prepare clear and concise evaluation reports for the Board of Executive Directors and other relevant stakeholders on evaluation findings, conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations; Prepare written responses to questions raised by the Board members.
  • Prepare supporting material for the dissemination of evaluation findings and results.
  • After evaluation completion, continue engagement with stakeholders to ensure that evaluation recommendations are used, including follow up and reporting on recommendations’ implementation.
  • Ensure that evaluations take into account cross cutting issues including gender equality, green and inclusive growth, and give attention to gender equality and diversity issues in the composition of evaluation teams and the conduct of evaluations.
2. Sectoral Meta-evaluation and Evaluation Syntheses
  • Collect and analyse existing evaluation information from other development agencies/research centres and academia and consider lessons that could be applied to the Bank.
  • Develop research protocols for how information will be sifted and organized to synthesize the lessons.
  • Work with and manage the analytical inputs of specialists in the area of evaluation syntheses and systematic reviews. Help to distil lessons and communicate these with stakeholders throughout the Bank.
3. Disseminating of evaluation results and lessons learned and implementation follow-up of IDEV recommendations
  • Draft and finalize technical papers on specific evaluation issues/questions and on thematic or impact studies in the field of expertise and draft papers on best practices and ensure their dissemination through IDEV newsletters and other evaluation bulletins and magazines.
  • Participate in review, analysis, and in commenting on documents prepared by other Units of the Bank (such as: Issues Papers, Supervision Reports, Appraisal Reports, Country Strategy Papers, Country Portfolio Performance Reviews, etc.) to ensure that lessons of experience are duly incorporated in design and implementation of Bank Group operations.
  • Represent as needed IDEV in internal Bank fora in order to ensure that relevant and useful lessons of experience in the country or the sector are reflected into the design and future implementation of the projects or programmes.
4. Cooperation and Coordination with Evaluation Experts from other Multilateral and Bilateral Development Institutions
  • Participate as a team member in joint evaluation missions of co-financed projects/programmes with other aid agencies, in joint training seminars/workshops on evaluation systems, and develop cooperation partnerships with bilateral and multilateral Evaluation Units in development agencies and with counterparts in regional member countries.
  • Assist regional member countries in establishing and enhancing their development project/programme monitoring and evaluation capabilities.
(*) Areas of specialization in IDEV correspond to Bank Group core priorities and areas of special emphasis as defined in its Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022.

Selection Criteria

Professional and Academic Skills Requirements:
  • At least a Master’s degree in economics, social sciences or other relevant discipline;
  • A minimum of 6 years’ experience in evaluation or related field; equivalent combination of education and broad knowledge of evaluation aspects gained and additional academic work or courses on concepts and methodologies for evaluating development effectiveness will be an advantage.
The Principal  Evaluation Officer must be able to demonstrate:
  • Ability to carry out high level evaluations of Bank’s interventions, policies and cross-cutting themes and to lead and monitor the work of professional evaluation teams.
  • Ability to keep abreast of latest developments in evaluation thinking and practice, and contribute to high professional standards for the evaluation function; Ability to apply evaluation knowledge and methods to broader operational policies and strategies.
  • Ability to work under stress due to multiple, simultaneous demands, priorities and deadlines; heavy workloads; and undertaking frequent travel.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a matrix management environment, both as team leader and team member, and a commitment to teamwork; Ability to build effective working relations and professional networks with clients and colleagues in a multi-cultural and diverse environment.
  • Good knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Integrity and honesty in relationships with all stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills orally and in writing in English and/or French with a working knowledge of the other; Ability to explain and defend difficult issues and positions to subordinates and colleagues, as well as other evaluation stakeholders.
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

Apply online

To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
  • Submitted by: Division Manager, CHRM 1
  • Approved by: Director, CHRM

Senior Corporate Infomaster - AfDB

  • Position title: Senior Corporate Infomaster
  • Grade: PL-5
  • Position N°: NA
  • Reference: ADB/14/…
  • Publication date: 25/11/2014
  • Closing date: 12/12/2014

Objectives

Through its programmes, the main activities of the Communication and External Relations Department (CERD) aimed at making the African Development Bank better known to its various external audiences, with the ultimate objective of generating awareness of the AfDB as the leading international finance institution spearheading development in Africa.  The Department also enables the Bank to have a better understanding of how the institution is perceived internally and externally. 
In this regard, the Senior Corporate Infomaster position ensures the efficient gathering and posting on the intranet and the internet websites of all relevant Bank information, provides expert advice to Management on information content management, and facilitates Bank’s information dissemination and access.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Director CERD, the Senior Corporate Infomaster is responsible for coordinating, collecting and posting CERD-produced information onto the Bank’s websites. He/she will coordinate the work of all other informasters, working closely with the Bank’s Information Management and Methods Department. The chosen candidate will:
  • Gather information to be posted on the platforms.
  • Define working priorities for posting on the web platforms.
  • Handle high visibility business issues as needed, and define and communicate the web posting procedures to all stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance and ensure smooth transition when web coordinators are changed.
  • Provide analysis and expert advice for all issues related to web contents (utility, obsolescence, renewal, etc…)
  • Provide web content creation, information organization and access advisory support and guidance to the stakeholders involved in providing the required information.
  • Ensure quality control of all content to be published on the Bank’s websites.
  • Review continuously existing web sections in order to improve the structure and information organization.
  • Produce periodic reports on the trends of demands for particular type of information.
  • Identify new initiatives aimed at improving the quality of web services.
  • Initiate the preparation and/or revision of web policies, guidelines, and standard procedures for all the stakeholders.
  • Define, suggest and implement in collaboration with relevant authorities solutions aimed at improving access to Bank information.
  • Define the websites design: page structure, information structure, visuals).
  • Work in close collaboration with the technical team and the web agency on all web-based applications.
  • Represent the Department at committees and working groups as necessary.
  • Prepare and implement online and e-marketing plans for major events (Annual Meetings, African Economic Conference, etc.).

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s Degree or equivalent in journalism, communication or related disciplines;
  • At least five (5) years of practical experience in web content management;
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills, and ability to synthesize high volumes of information.
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Very good knowledge and experience of internet protocols and techniques, as TYPO3 CMS, Drupal, Liferay, IOS, etc.
  • Ability to think strategically and analyze content management best practices and trends.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop web coordinators and content producers.
  • Strong ability to work under pressure, keeping in mind the broader perspective without losing control of the details.
  • Ability to work independently, with a minimum supervision.
  • Excellent skills in French and English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
Competence in the use of standard software used in the Bank (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Apply online

To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
  • Submitted by: Division Manager, CHRM 1
  • Approved by: Director, CHRM

Programme Director, Lusaka, Zambia

Title: Program Director, Zambia
Reporting Unit/Supervisor: Country Director

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

I. About TechnoServe:
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
II. Program Description:
TechnoServe seeks a motivated and high potential leader to build on TechnoServe's strong global reputation and develop opportunities for pro-poor market-oriented development in Zambia. As Programs Director, you have the opportunity to contribute towards a vision and strategy for the country and pursue it, while contributing towards building TechnoServe's brand in Zambia. In order to so, you will ensure sound internal management of programs and organizational functions. You will also collaborate with leaders in Government and the Private Sector to develop and finance innovative programs with the potential to strengthen value chains, grow domestic production, build up entrepreneurs, establish industries and markedly improve the lives of impoverished Zambians.
III. Position Description:
The Programs Director will contribute towards an on-going refinement and implementation of the strategic vision, annual goals and objectives for the country and program portfolio. The role will also oversee effective and efficient management of the client business portfolio; portfolio implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality control, cost-effectiveness and day-to-day oversight. The role will require effective communication with Zambian personnel, head office and regional/divisional offices. Specifically, the Programs Director will :
  • Provide additional support to new business development; co-developing funding proposals as assigned by the Country Director; and cultivating and maintaining TechnoServe in-country partner and donor relationships where required.
  • Manage and develop a team as assigned by the Country Director; ensure mid-year and year-end performance evaluations are conducted with staff; and recommend and implement salary increases based upon performance evaluations.
  • Implement and manage program budgets and contribute towards development and management of the country budget.
  • Where assigned, manage aspects of procurement.
  • Review internal financial information, monthly reports, business plans, M&E data etc. on a timely basis, including program and organization-level reporting requirements.
  • Ensure proper acquisition, management and eventual disposition of all TechnoServe operational assets required for the programs and organization (vehicles, computers, furniture, etc.)
  • Where assigned by the Country Director, communicate with bilateral and multilateral agencies and developing relationships that seek to promote TechnoServe's mission and objectives.
IV. Required Skills and Experience:
  • MBA or equivalent degree in related field
  • Strong private sector strategy and management experience, including several of the following key skills areas: business development, consulting, training, financial analysis, marketing, business plan and proposal writing
  • Experience managing a bilateral development program and familiarity with the program management cycle
  • Strong interpersonal/people management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong financial analysis and management skills
  • Fluency in English required
V. Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Agribusiness experience preferred; alternatively demonstrated ability to quickly learn/adapt across industries
VI. Application Instructions:
Qualified and interested applicants should submit a single Word-formatted document consisting of cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@tns.org. Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line.
Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications [and authorized to work in the US] will be considered or contacted. No phone calls, please.
TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Consultant

Job Title: Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Consultant
Duty Station: NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Supervisor: Head, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Division, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency 
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency invites applicants who are citizens of African Union Member States for the post ofPartnerships and Resource Mobilisation Consultant.
Under the supervision of the Head, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency or his/her delegate, the Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Consultant will support the strengthening of the general work of the Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Division (PRMD) for optimal efficiency within the context of the implementation of the NEPAD Agency’s Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Framework.
ApplicationTo apply, please submit the following:
  1. A motivation letter stating reasons for seeking employment with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency.
  2. A detailed and updated curriculum vitae (CV), not exceeding five (5) pages and indicating your nationality, age and gender.
  3. Three (3) referees with good knowledge of the candidate’s work, furnishing full contact details, telephone, fax and e-mail addresses.
  4. Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.

Applications must be received not later than Monday, 5 January 2015 and should be addressed to:
    Head of Human Resources
    NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
    P O Box 1234
    Halfway House
    Midrand, 1685                                                             
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